If Tom Gilbert could remember the hit, he probably could take something from it.
But he doesn't.
So all the Edmonton Oilers defenceman could do when he stepped back on the ice last night was try to avoid getting tattooed again.
"It's probably actually a good thing that I don't remember the hit," Gilbert said prior to yesterday's contest against the Colorado Avalanche.
"I'm just going to go out and play the same way I did and not worry about what it felt like. I just have to tell myself to keep my head up and be aware of that."
Gilbert had been out of the Oilers lineup since getting belted by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jody Shelley back on Feb. 22.
The rookie defenceman suffered a concussion on the play and missed the next 13 games.
"I've seen it plenty of times. I think it was on TV a week ago on hardest hits in the NHL," Gilbert said.
"It was kind of surprising. I thought maybe I was catching a pass from behind and I turned around, and he just hit me straight on. But it was weird how he hit me from the right side. I was looking at it in slow motion to see if he had hit me in the chin, and it didn't seem like it. So I have no idea what really knocked me out."